Great Games For The Final Week Of The Season

2 Mar

Tuesday March 3rd

Pershing (9-8) @ Consortium (12-5)

Outlook: Consortium has won four out of their past five games, and might be peaking at the right time of the year in Class B.

Mt. Clemens (13-5) @ University Prep (12-5) 6:30 PM

Outlook: Mt. Clemens won the MAC Blue Division, while University Prep fell just short of the Charter School League crown in the championship game.

Detroit Edison (12-5) @ Melvindale ABT (9-9) 6:30 PM

Outlook: Not the typical ABT season by Gator standards.  But expect a close game against a young, but talented, Edison squad.

Southfield (9-9) @ North Farmington (15-3) 7:00 PM

Outlook: In the pre-season, this looked like the game to decide the OAA Red.  Southfield has stumbled, yet battled valiantly against the Raiders on January 12th, losing a six point game.  The Michael Flowers and Billy Thomas matchup on the perimeter will be intriguing.

Muskegon Heights (10-5) @ Shelby (18-0) 7:30 PM

Outlook: Two Class C powers meet in what could be only their first meeting of the month.

Pontiac  (11-5) @ Troy Athens (10-8) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Athens scored a key victory against Oak Park last week, and could secure the OAA White outright by Thursday.  A Pontiac victory would place the Phoenix in a two-way tie  with two divisional games remaining.

Thursday March 5th

Rochester Adams (12-6) @ Clarkston (18-0) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Adams has the perimeter shooting to keep up with Clarkston.  The Highlanders and Wolves could potentially play twice in eight days as the two are in the same district.

Detroit Edison (12-5) @ University Prep (12-5) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Huge week for both teams wanting to conclude the regular season strong with momentum entering the playoffs.

Cesar Chavez (14-0) @ Monroe St. Mary (14-3) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Chavez receives their first challenge of the year, Class C contender St. Mary.  The senior Aztec Eagle guard trio of Robert Walton, Marcellus Pittman, and Kylynn Willis meet the dynamic duo of Byrce Windham and Stephen Umfress.

Muskegon (18-1) @ River Rouge (14-4) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Not the same Rouge team Muskegon rolled over a year ago.  Both teams are primed for deep runs in March.  River Rouge forward Jalin Gibson will need to win his individual assignment against Deyonta Davis if Rouge is to spring the upset.

Plymouth (14-5) @ Walled Lake Western (18-1) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Plymouth and Western each won their respective conferences of the KLAA, Plymouth the Kensington and Western the Lakes.  Now the two meet for the association title.  Walled Lake Western will need to compensate for the shooting of 6’3″ senior Josh Reynolds, while Plymouth will need to limit the dynamic playmaking ability of Jerald Booker.

Ann Arbor Huron (16-2) @ Ypsilanti Lincoln (10-7) 7:00 PM

Outlook: Lincoln has been a disappointment, while Huron has achieved exactly of what was expected of them.  On an individual basis, plenty of talent will be on display here.

Friday March 6th

Pontiac (11-5) @ Oak Park (9-6) 7:00 PM

Outlook: If Athens stumbles twice before Friday, this one could be for the OAA White title.  Pontiac won earlier in the year 60-49.

Saturday March 7th

Operation Friendship @ Calihan Hall

Renaissance (11-7) vs. St. Mary’s (10-9) 12:00

Outlook:  Renaissance has not played since the PSL city championship game.  Key match ups will be on the perimeter.  Renaissance’s Justin Turner, Daryl Smith, and Richard Talley against CJ Wilson, Jalon Bailey, Jason Boswell and Lamon Mathison for OLSM.

University of Detroit Jesuit (17-2) vs. Western (17-0) 2:00 PM

Outlook: The exact reason for to why the Operation Friendship was reinstated, to find out the best team in Detroit.  Western has been ranked number one since December and feature four players 6’6″ and taller, to go along with six guards the Cowboys can rotate in their lineups.  To counter, U of D has the best pure point guard in the Midwest, junior Cassius Winston.  This may be the first meeting between the two, as a potential semi-final date looms on the horizon.

 

 

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